Most people use laptops to gain freedom from wires and portability. While it’s true that everything is packed into a small, self-contained machine with a notebook, once you start connecting other devices, your battery life runs low, requiring the power cable, etc., sometimes it feels like we’re back to square one. Logitech recently brought out its Z-500 speakers that help clear the clutter by providing wireless enhanced audio. The Z-500 uses high-performance wireless technology so that you can place the speaker just about anywhere in the vicinity and still enjoy quality music, movies, and other multimedia. Utilizing Stereo XL technology, the Z-500 speakers automatically optimize acoustic levels to provide you a fuller, richer sound. The speakers are connected to your PC in the exact same fashion that you connect a wireless mouse – basically all you’re doing is connecting the Z-500 speakers to the computer using the wireless USB dongle that came with in the package.
If you feel like wiring the speakers up, feel free to use the included USB cable. It also comes with an auxiliary input in the form of a 3.5mm stereo jack so you can connect your iPod or other favorite MP3 player to the device. Inside the speakers is a rechargeable battery that can provide up to 12 hours of playing time from a single charge. No software is required, which makes for a ready-to-go solution out of the box. The unit comes with a protective travel case to help keep the speakers safe, whether you’re walking over to a neighbor’s or on a business flight to France.
The iKey BT-87-TP is a rugged bluetooth wireless keyboard with integrated touchpad that is fully sealed and industrial quality. In fact, it is the first keyboard of its kind. The keyboard is specially sealed to be completely dust proof and fully submersible. The new BT-87-TP features 87 keys, with 12 functions keys. Utilizing built-in bluetooth technology, users can throw away dongles/adapters, break loose from wires, and be worry free when it comes to holding onto a receiver. The keyboard is built to withstand some of the toughest elements such dirty, dusty, corrosive, and wet conditions. The reason it’s so foolproof and tough is its heavy duty ABS polycarbonate case and silicone rubber key overlay, which makes it also very easy to clean.
The BT-87-TP is fueled by 2AA batteries and the only time it does require a dongle is if your computer does not have an internal bluetooth radio. It’s the perfect tool for industries such as material handling, the medical field, food and beverage processing, and any other environment in which heavy duty materials are required. Unfortunately, pricing information has not yet been released.
The Logitech V550 Nano is an innovative new mouse that offers a few significant features that would be useful to anyone that uses an external mouse with a notebook.
Most significantly is the 18+ month battery life, which is very handy for any wireless mouse. The battery is also USB-rechargeable. The mouse can be turned off to further conserve battery life, and boasts an auto-shutoff feature.
Another important feature is the small "Plug-and-Forget Nano-Receiver". The receiver is so small that it barely protrudes from the notebook, making it practical and convenient to always leave in place, ready for use.
The mouse features an easy to attach/remove dock that can clip to the notebook for hassle-free transport. With the mouse attached to a notebook, less time is required to pack-up and go since the mouse is already connected and ready.
The Logitech V550 Nano provides a 2.4 GHz wireless connection between the PC and mouse and new laser technology for smooth operation and ultra-fast scrolling on nearly any surface.
The Logitech V550 Nano cordless mouse for notebooks will soon be available for purchase from the Logitech site for around $59.99.